March 9th – the last time we watched any Premier League football, and doesn’t it feel a lifetime ago? While we’ve recently seen a return to football in Germany, with the Bundesliga restarting, this season’s Premier League is still very much in limbo, with online betting taking a back seat. But what better time to look back at some of the most prolific players we’ve witnessed in front of goal in 2019-20 so far and remind ourselves who will be pushing to win the Golden Boot when the campaign kickstarts again.
19 – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
After nearly two months without hitting the back of the net, Vardy made a return to form in the Foxes’ most recent fixture at home to relegation-threatened Aston Villa. Bagging a brace in the 4-0 victory, Vardy is currently the division’s top goal scorer and is getting ever-closer to matching his highest goal tally in a single season in the top-flight. Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals in the 2015-16 season, helping Leicester win the title.
17 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
He may be constantly rumoured to be leaving the north London club, but Aubameyang is the Gunners’ top scorer this season, and will no doubt be looking to win the Golden Boot for a second year running. He notched 22 goals last campaign, and was joint-winner of the award with Liverpool’s deadly duo, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. The Gabonese striker is not far away from that tally again. Despite Arsenal’s struggles this season, their captain last scored on February 23rd – his brace helping the Gunners to a 3-2 win over Everton.
16 – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Although he had to share the award last season, Liverpool’s Egyptian King will be looking to make it a hat-trick of Golden Boots, having also won in 2017-18. Liverpool have been runaway leaders in the Premier League this campaign and both Salah and Mané up front have been a force to be reckoned with once more – the duo notching 30 of Liverpool’s 66 goals between them. Salah may have sat out of the Merseyside derby at the back end of last year, but he most recently scored against troubled Bournemouth.
16 – Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
City have certainly been off the pace when it comes to the race for the title this season, but their Argentine striker has continued firing on all cylinders. Agüero’s highest return came in the 2014-15 season when he won the Golden Boot by scoring 26 goals. City finished runners-up to Chelsea on that occasion and while he’s a fair way from that tally this campaign, injuries have cost City’s talisman along the way. Agüero has failed to score in his previous four outings and a return to form will be needed if he wants to win the award for a second time in his career.
15 – Danny Ings (Southampton)
Perhaps a surprise inclusion, but Ings’ 15 goals have helped steer the Saints away from the threat of relegation. While injuries hampered his time at Liverpool which also saw him go down the pecking order, the striker has had a new lease of life at St. Mary’s and under Ralph Hasenhüttl. Ings has been instrumental on the pitch and while he’s since been discussing a future life off it as well, many are suggesting he should be called up to Gareth Southgate’s next England squad. This season already marks Ings’ best return in the top-flight, but could he really challenge for the Golden Boot?
Hot on the heels of Ings and co. are Mané and Marcus Rashford, both on 14 goals, while Wolves’ top scorer last season, Raúl Jiménez, and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham are a further goal behind on 13. You’d be silly not to consult betting tips on any of these names and when this funny ol’ season finally comes to a conclusion, who will come out on top?